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Just two years after acquiring WaveMaker for its enterprise Java expertise, VMware is selling those assets to Pramati.

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VMware wasn’t kidding early this year when it said it would divest itself of non-core businesses. In March Clearslide bought Sliderocket from VMware. Now Pramati, a technology incubator, is acquiring the assets of WaveMaker, another acquisition that VMware apparently reconsidered. Terms were not disclosed.

Two years ago, VMware purchased WaveMaker and its technology for simplifying the construction of enterprise Java applications and made it part of its SpringSource business unit. As GigaOM’s Derrick Harris wrote at the time, Rod Johnson, who was then head of that business, said Wavemaker made sense because:

” … applications developed with it actually are Spring applications. That means VMware can tightly align WaveMaker and Spring developments to make WaveMaker an even more fulfilling experience, and after simple applications are built using WaveMaker, an organization’s Spring developers can go in and code away to make it work even better. When it comes to developing Java applications, VMware now has something for almost everybody, and it all works together at some level.”

The mystery here is that SpringSource and associated technologies were spun off to the VMware-EMC-founded Pivotal startup. Why WaveMaker was not included is unclear to me. I’ve pinged Pivotal for comment and will update with a response. And…. here’s that response from a Pivotal spokeswoman:

“Pivotal is focused on bringing a new platform to market based on Spring, Cloud Foundry and Hadoop. We have significant investments in these technologies, and believe that WaveMaker customers are best served by a dedicated effort from Pramati.”

Pramati co-founder and president Vijay Pullur said former Wavemaker exec Michael Harper is with his company, which is expanding into cloud infrastructure. WaveMaker technologies could play a roll in an upcoming cloud venture, he said. We’ll be talking about projects like this and what’s new in cloud computing at Structure 2013 in San Francisco in June.

According to the press release announcing the news:

 “WaveMaker applications are cloud-ready, highly scalable, multi-device, and backed by a strong developer community that has doubled to 35,000 active monthly users over the last two years. With its long heritage of mission-critical Java application development, Pramati expects to accelerate this growth going forward.”

In other words: stay tuned.

This story was updated at 7:04 p.m. PST with Pivotal comment.

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  1. What would be interesting is to know what they bought it for and what they are selling it for. Would give a better view of how the company is valued.

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    1. nobody’s talking about money or terms of the deal. I wish i knew.

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  2. Having used Spring technologies for years and having given WaveMaker a try a few times, I can see both sides of the fence. Enterprises and “the cloud” both need a way to create applications that “end users” might be able to do create. The question, does that fit with what Pivotal is doing? I don’t think so. You’d think they would divest Spring Roo and Grails too. Those are actually developer tools, where as WaveMaker is not targeted to developers. (That being said, not having a developer involved creates some issues – just peruse the forums).

    One of the plans that Rod had for WaveMaker was to incorporate it into Roo. As far as I can tell it never happened. Part of that might have been because WaveMaker was designed to be [mainly] RDBMS first while Roo is Domain [entity] first. So, while WaveMaker used Spring (and Hibernate), most of those using WaveMaker didn’t really know it did nor did they understand it. They though it worked like an MS Access database.

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    1. thanks for this detailed analysis. You know way more about this than i do. Are you familiar w/ Pramati?

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      1. Satyaprakash Buddhavarapu Thursday, May 2, 2013

        Disclosure: I have worked at Pramati till recently.

        Pramati was riding the j2ee wave 10 years back with its flagship(back then) App server being the first to be j2ee 1.3 certified. I must say it is a company where technology with potential is nurtured. I am hedging that they are trying to now ride (what I believe is) the second wave of enterprise-cloud-adoption from looking at their portfolio. Wavemaker might fit into supercharging enterprise adoption of the so far taboo “applications on cloud”. Private clouds makes real sense for even Fortune 500 as they aren’t really incurring IT overhead without compromising on security.

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  3. Jay Cuthrell Friday, May 3, 2013

    Hey Barb,

    Jay from VCE here…

    This is probably the thread you were looking for:

    http://dev.wavemaker.com/blog/2013/03/14/announcing-the-release-of-wavemaker-6-5-3/

    Thanks,
    Jay

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